Mitch Walker to Jeff Brown

Mitch WalkerJeff Brown & Still Lonesome has announced a band change.

Banjo man Eli Gilbert is leaving the group. He is set to graduate this Spring from East Tennessee State University, and has accepted a teaching position in Maine after graduation, where he was born and raised. Eli wants to concentrate on his studies this last semester before heading north.

Stepping in will be Mitch Walker on banjo. He will start with Jeff at the SPBGMA convention the first weekend in February.

Mitch has worked previously with Audie Blaylock and Redline, and with The James King Band. He is also a student in the ETSU Bluegrass program.

Eli shared a fond farewell as he moves on…

“Touring the country with Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome was an amazing experience and IÂ’ll be forever grateful to Jeff and Sherry Brown for my introduction to the Bluegrass industry.  IÂ’m excited to bring more traditional bluegrass to Maine, and I know my buddy Mitch will do great things with the band from this point forward”.”

…and Mitch is rarin’ to go.

“I am very honored and super excited to begin working with Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome. The band is known for playing good bluegrass. I canÂ’t wait to get in on some of that (provided I donÂ’t mess them up too bad). Jeff has been nothing but great and all of the guys are outstanding musicians and even more importantly better people. I cannot wait to get out on the road and play some music with these guys”.”

Brown says that he and the band are working now on a new album for Union House Records, which should be available later this year.

You can keep up with Jeff and the boys online.

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